We thought we'd take a sneak peek at one of the new wake boarding boats coming out in 2008. This boat caught our eye and whether the spring's first sessions will serve to train for the pro tour or work out those rookie mistakes, this boat has something special to offer.
Why It Has Our Attention
The 24-foot RZ4, big brother to last year's 22-foot RZ2, uses its truly unique hull design called the ConvexV, which is not only an homage to fast Italian cars, but a clever bit of engineering that lets the boat perform and throw just as much wake as other boats with little or no ballast needed. And it makes the boat spacious enough for passengers to stretch their legs while waiting for their turn.
Pulling a Pro
If you're throwing up whirly 5s and toeside 9s, chances are you'll go with the optional ballast system to get the kind of wake you need. But the amazing thing about the RZ4 is that you don't need much. The ConvexV hull shape makes the boat naturally sit deep in the rear. In addition, Tigé includes a TAPS² plate to control the wake shape.
Pulling a Joe
On the other hand, if you aren't expecting sponsorship anytime soon, you probably don't need the ballast system at all. While other boats need extra weight to make any kind of ridable wake at all, the RZ4 can do wonders with just the hull and the TAPS², which means riding behind this boat is just plain simpler. And hey, if you do end up progressing past what the RZ4 can naturally give, there's room for 17, so just call some friends and load up.
Length: 24 ft.
Width: 102 in.
Draft: 18 in.
Seating capacity: 17
Fuel capacity: 48 gal.
Horsepower: 320 (400)
Ballast: None (900 lbs.)
For more information: www.tige.com